Boston College is a private Roman Catholic research institution founded by the Jesuits in 1863. The main campus is located on Chestnut Hill, about 6 miles west of downtown Boston. The college still embraces its Jesuit origins in addition around 70% of the students are Catholic. They are the largest Catholic alumni association in the world at 156,343 graduates. Boston College became fully coeducational in 1970. In 1864 the college opened its doors for a modest 22 students and 3 teachers; today there are 14,796 current students and more than half are women. The student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1 and 98% of the faculty holds doctorate degrees.
Boston College is rated 16th on Forbes.com “America’s Best Colleges” 2009. The Chestnut Hill Campus is the main campus consisting of 118 acres and over 120 buildings, adjacent to that is the newly acquired 49 acre Brighton Campus. One mile to the west is the 40 acre Newton Campus, housing both the law school and a third of the freshmen. Boston College has 8 libraries with over 2.5 million volumes of literature and 16 million pages of archives, manuscripts, and government documents. Boston is actually one of the oldest cities in the United States. It is the capital of Massachusetts and of the greater New England Area. The city itself has a population of 645,169 people and holds an integral place in American history.
BC offers thousands of degrees in 50 fields taught through 9 schools and colleges. They are the College of Arts & Sciences, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Carroll School of Management, Lynch School of Education, Connell School of Nursing, Graduate School of Social Work, Law School, School of Theology and Ministry, and the Woods College of Advancing Studies. They offer many graduate degrees both on a master and doctorate level and religious degrees as well; some of the degrees offered are Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Pastoral, M.B.A, M.S in Accounting, M.S in Finance, M.S in Teaching Doctor of Education, Juris Doctor (Doctor of Law). This is just a short list of the degrees offered by Boston College.
Athletics are very popular and common place in student life at Boston College. The mascot for BC is the eagle and the colors are maroon and gold. Boston College is one of only thirteen schools in the country to offer the collection of Division I football, men and women’s basketball, and hockey to its students. Around 750 student-athletes compete in 14 varsity teams for men and 17 for women. Twenty one of these teams graduated 100% of its student athletes; this was the most in the nation. Aside from the NCAA, around 4600 students take part in intermurals and 850 in 20 different club sports.
Boston College does not have a distance learning program or any extensive online alternatives but it does offer the full college experience for those that choose to attend. The school is of high academic quality with many different opportunities for proactive students. There are plenty of activities such as touring the historic city, attending sporting events, or joining clubs to name a few. Boston College is an experience where a student can have fun while gaining perspective and exploring new opportunities.